Neil Lennon fears he won’t escape ‘dark clouds’ in Scottish football

Neil Lennon admits he may never escape the “dark clouds” that have hung over him in Scotland.

Former Hibs and Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS

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But the former Hibs and Celtic boss is adamant he will not allow those who whisper in the shadows to dampen his enthusiasm for a return to management.

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His Easter Road exit came amid reports of a stormy row with the Leith outfit’s chief executive Leeann Dempster.

Former Hibs and Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture: SNS

Those rumours played into a narrative that Lennon’s hot-blooded temper can make him a difficult figure to work with.

The former Parkhead skipper has fought against those claims as strenuously as he has the assertions that incidents like being struck by a coin at Tynecastle back in November - an act Lennon believed was linked to the “anti-Irish racism” that he has faced ever since he moving north from Leicester in 2001 - were brought on by his own behaviour.

A move abroad might be the only way to escape the negative images that continue to circle overhead but Lennon insists if the right job was to present itself then he might one day find himself back prowling Scottish touchlines.

“At lot of what’s said about me is unfair,” he said. “If you look at my record as a manager up here it’s been pretty good.

“I’ve won a lot and had a lot of success at both the clubs I’ve managed up here.

“But then there’s this dark cloud that surrounds you whether it be the sectarianism or the volatility that people think is part of my personality.

“You try and shed that baggage but maybe you’re stuck with it.

“But if that is the case it still wouldn’t deter me from working in Scotland again.”

• Neil Lennon was speaking at a William Hill media event. William Hill is the proud sponsor of the Scottish Cup.’